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Nick Saban and Deion Sanders | Getting Ready and Staying Ready


1 - Nick Saban | Good Mental Intensity, Energy, and Focus

2 - Nick Saban | Learn From Failure 3 - Deion Sanders | Built For the Moment 4 - Deion Sanders | Are You in Love With This Game or Just Like It?


Nick Saban | Good Mental Intensity, Energy, and Focus


After winning a tough SEC game against Arkansas, Alabama football coach Nick Saban said:

“When we had mental intensity, good mental energy, and good focus, we executed pretty well. When we didn’t, we didn’t play as well. You have to maintain intensity the entire game, regardless of the score. There are games every week where people have leads and lose their focus, and the outcomes aren’t what you want them to be.”

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway?

2 - What gets in the way of your focus and keeps you from having the level of focus you want and need to achieve your goals?

3 - How can you have a great week of preparation in practice and meetings so you can maintain focus and be able to carry it forward into games?

Nick Saban | Learn From Failure


Alabama football coach Nick Saban was asked, “When dealing with freshmen, what is the balance between being patient and knowing when it’s time to get tougher on them?” He said:

“Everybody is different. Some guys are very mature when they are young, but they handle their failures well and learn from them. They are focused not on the outcome but on what they have to do to get the outcome, and those guys do well. Some guys lack some of that maturity and allow some of the success or failure they are having to affect the next play.
Baseball is a game of failure. If you struck out 2 out of 3 times, you might be in the Hall of Fame. Young guys have to understand that if they can learn and grow from their mistakes and not waste the failures, that would be significant in making improvements and development, and that takes the right mindset. The degree guys have in that area, determines how fast they improve.”

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway?

2 - How do you handle failure? Do you let failure slow you down, or do you handle them well and learn from them?

Deion Sanders | Built For the Moment


After a tough loss where they were up 29-0 at half-time, Colorado football coach Deion Sanders took full responsibility, taking the heat off some of his coaches. When asked about some questionable substitutions and penalties aimed at his assistant coaches, Deion said if you are going to point fingers, point them at me.


He then said, “Right now, we are not built for the moment. Some of our players aren’t built for the moment where we have to make a play, or they have to keep contain, or they have to make a block, or get another yard.”


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway?

2 - How can you prepare today to be ready for the moment?

Deion Sanders | Are You in Love With This Game or Just Like It?


Deion Sanders then said, his athletes have to figure out if they love this game or do they like it. There is no right or wrong answer to this, but if you love something, you want to be around other people who love it too. If you don’t love something, it's going to be hard being around people who love it, and if you love something and are passionate about it, it’s going to be hard being around people who don’t.

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway?

2 - Do you love what you do or do you just like it?

3 - Are you around people who feel the same as you do? If not, how do you manage yourself?


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